Ontario’s government’s Broten and Bill 13 must go
Canada’s Constitution and Charter of Rights clearly say there is religious freedom and freedom of conscience in Canada. However, it seems that Ontario’s education minister has views on such matters more in line with Communist China than the principles of a free nation.
Minister Laurel Broten said during a press conference Wednesday that Ontario’s “anti-bullying” legislation, Bill 13, also means that Catholic schools should not be teaching that abortion is wrong, because it is “misogyny.”
“Bill 13 is about tackling misogyny, [and] taking away a woman’s right to choose could arguably be one of the most misogynistic actions that one could take,” Broten said.
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That Broten would make such remarks is alarming and the latest sign of a dangerous trend to arbitrarily deprive Canadians of fundamental rights and to impose state ideology. In addition to violating the Canada’s traditions and Charter of Rights, it is also a clear violation of the International Declaration of Human Rights.
To those with eyes to see, Ontario’s “anti-bullying” legislation was never anything but a ruthless ploy to exploit the public’s distaste for bullying of vulnerable children. The goal has always been to impose and enforce new laws to suppress views contrary to the Liberal social engineering plans.
We are seeing now that Bill 13 is much larger than an anti-bullying program. In addition to this latest claim that Catholic schools may no longer convey Catholic teachings against abortion, it is also attempting to sneak in a radical, sexual agenda.
The government’s actions amount to a type of mass sexual abuse of Ontario’s school children, even down to the youngest grades. That is, their innocence will be stolen from them and they will be tempted and encouraged, at even very early ages, to become involved in addictive behaviours dangerous to their physical, emotional and spiritual health. And now, those who inevitably become pregnant as a result of all this cannot be told the truth about abortion and its harm to them and their unborn children.
The intention of the legislation was never put any more clearly than by Member of Provincial Parliament Glen Murray, who, during a debate on the bill, referenced Catholic teaching on homosexuality, and then declared, “I have to say to the bishops: ‘You’re not allowed to do that anymore.’”
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Murray may as well have said: “You’re not allowed to be Catholic any more.” And the same thing applies to Christians of any denomination, Orthodox Jews, or members of any religion who accept natural law principles.
The timing of the minister’s accusation of “misogyny” couldn’t be more ironic, coming as it does on the heels of Member of Parliament Mark Warawa’s motion condemning sex selection abortion. Already that motion has exposed Canada’s extreme pro-abortion feminists as frauds. They have shown themselves more concerned about the supposed “right” to abort a child for any reason during any stage of pregnancy, than they are about the fact that baby girls are being targeted for destruction because of a sexist preference for boys.
In light of this epidemic, Broten’s focus on the Catholic Church’s pro-life teaching as “misogyny” rings laughably hollow.
Will Broten get away with it? Already the government has signaled that it intends to stand by her. That means the ball is now in the court of the Ontario bishops.
What is certain is that never there been a greater need for the Bishops to vigorously denounce these government actions, while also directing all Ontario Catholic schools to ignore the illicit violations of the constitutional rights of Catholic schools.
An example was set by Bishop Henry in Alberta in 2003 in response to a similar situation of government attempting or order curriculum changes “contrary to Christian Truth”. Henry told the government “We are not implementing this. Go to hell!’.” Yes, he actually said that and the government withdrew its plans.
Now, that’s not the kind of language that we use or normally allow on LifeSiteNews, but the bishop showed that strongly and immediately conveying to the politicians that they have no business making such demands is called for and entirely appropriate. He got their full attention. He played political hardball and they immediately understood they were in for a major public (not private) fight if they did not back off from their lunacy. Votes were at stake.
Bishop Henry said of his 2003 experience, there needed to be “One hell of an outcry”. And there was - in Alberta. Now it is needed in Ontario.
Not only freedoms, but the souls of children, and the lives of the unborn, are at stake. This type of sexual abuse of children must be stopped dead in its tracks - now!
For all Canadians, the first order of business is to call for Broten’s immediate resignation. Her blatant contempt for the Charter freedoms of Ontario Catholics is so indefensible that she has forfeited her right to represent Ontarians in any official capacity.
For all non-Catholic Christians in Canada now is the time to echo your Evangelical brothers to the South who stood with Catholics in the US against President Obama’s forcing them to pay for contraception coverage against their consciences. “We are all Catholics now,” rang out the chorus from Christian leaders such as Baptist Mike Huckabee, and Mormons Glenn Beck and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney many others.
The second thing is to renew opposition to Bill 13, letting Ontario legislators know that it must be repealed, and encouraging Ontario bishops to launch a legal challenge against it and direct Catholics to immediately cease all compliance with the illicit legislation.
If all of this is not done, the precedents that will be set will eventually become almost impossible to undo and further denials of rights will follow as surely as night follows day.
Both Broten and Bill 13 must go.
‘Little miracles’: Mom gives birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets after refusing ‘selective reduction’
AUSTRALIA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A 26-year-old Australian mom has given birth to five healthy babies, all conceived naturally, after refusing the doctor’s advice that she must abort three of them in order to give the remaining two a better chance at life.
“After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life,” wrote mom Kim Tucci in a Facebook post last September.
“I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried. I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more. For me life starts when a heart starts beating and all I know for sure is that I will do whatever it takes to bring them into this world healthy,” she wrote.
Last Thursday Kim and her husband Vaughn welcomed the five new members into their family — one boy and four girls —increasing the number of their children from 3 to 8. The babies were born at 30 weeks, 10 weeks early, due to insufficient space in Kim’s womb. They weighed on average about 2.5 pounds.
The quintuplets’ story began last March, after Kim and Vaughn had been trying for six months to conceive just one more child for their family. Due to health complications, Kim wondered if she would ever become a mother again.
After what she thought was an extra long cycle, she decided to take a pregnancy test.
“I was feeling tired and a little nauseated and thought I would take a pregnancy test just to get the ‘what if’ out of my head. To my shock and utter excitement it was positive,” she wrote on a Facebook post.
The parents got the shock of their lives when doctors confirmed in an ultrasound examination that there was not one baby, but five.
“After a long wait for the ultrasound we finally went in. The sonographer told me there were multiple gestational sacks, but she could only see a heart beat in two. I was so excited! Twins!”
“I was moved to another machine for a clearer view and had the head doctor come in and double check the findings. She started to count, one, two, three, four, five. Did i hear that correctly? Five? My legs start to shake uncontrollably and all i can do is laugh. The sonographer then told me the term for five is ‘quintuplets,’” Kim wrote.
Even though Kim began to feel stretched to the limit with all those human lives growing inside her, she chose to focus on her babies, and not herself, referring to them as “my five little miracles.”
“It's getting harder as each day passes to push through the pain, every part of my body aches and sleeping is becoming very painful. No amount of pillows are helping support my back and belly. Sometimes I get so upset that I just want to throw my hands up and give in.”
“Sometimes my pelvis becomes so stiff I can barely walk and my hips feel like they are grinding away constantly. I'm finding it hard to eat as I basically have no room left in my stomach, and the way it is positioned it's pushed all the way back with the babies leaning against it.”
“My skin on my belly is so stretched its painful and hot to touch. It literally feels like I have hives! No amount of cream helps relieve the discomfort. I have a lot of stretch marks now. Dealing with such a huge change in my body is hard.”
“Is it all worth it? Yes!!!! I will keep pushing through,” she wrote in one Facebook post days before the babies were born.
The newborns' names are Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany, and Beatrix. They were born at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, Western Australia. Mother and babies are reported to be doing well.
UN rights chief tells Catholic countries to legalize abortion over Zika virus: bishops and cardinal react
GENEVA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The United Nations, following the lead of international abortion activists, is now urging Latin American countries hit by the mosquito-borne Zika virus to lift restrictions on abortion for pregnant women who have contacted the virus and whose pre-born children may be at risk for birth defects, including having smaller than normal heads.
The UN human rights office said today that it is not enough for South American countries to urge women to postpone pregnancy without also offering them abortion as a final solution.
“How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer… the possibility to stop their pregnancies?” UN spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters.
UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said that governments should make available contraception and abortion services.
“Laws and policies that restrict (women’s) access to these services must be urgently reviewed in line with human rights obligations in order to ensure the right to health for all in practice,” he said.
But Brazil’s bishops strongly asserted yesterday that efforts should be made to eradicate the virus, not the people who may be infected by it.
The disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion,” they said in a statement, adding that it is not morally acceptable to promote abortion “in the cases of microcephaly, as, unfortunately, some groups are proposing to the Supreme Federal Court, in a total lack of respect for the gift of life.”
Honduras Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has also come out strongly against the notion of “therapeutic abortions” as a response to the problem. Unlike Brazil where abortion is legal in the case of rape or health of the mother, abortion remains entirely illegal in Honduras.
“We should never talk about ‘therapeutic’ abortion,” the cardinal said in a homily at a February 3 Mass in Suyap. “Therapeutic abortion doesn’t exist. Therapeutic means curing, and abortion cures nothing. It takes innocent lives,” he said.
While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international public health emergency February 1 on account of concerns over the virus, critics have pointed out, however, that not one death as resulted from the virus. Even on WHO’s own website the virus is described in mild terms.
“It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis. Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days,” the website states. “To date, there have been no reported deaths associated with Zika virus,” it added.
Critics suspect that the crisis is being manipulated to advance an anti-human agenda on the pre-born.
“Is Zika, actually, a hideous virus that threatens to spread uncontrollably across the world creating an army of disabled children with tiny heads and low IQ’s? Or might this be a willful misinterpretation of the scarce data to manipulate public opinion and legislatures?” wrote pro-life critic Mei-Li Garcia earlier this week.
“It becomes very clear that the publicity surrounding this story has a very little to do with medicine and a lot to do with a convenient crisis that is being used by those pushing for the legalization of abortion around the world,” she wrote.
Hillary’s litmus test for Supreme Court picks: They must ‘preserve Roe v. Wade’
DERRY, NH, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Hillary Clinton has a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees - several, in fact. At a Democratic event on Wednesday, Clinton unveiled her criteria in selecting a judge for the nation's highest court.
“I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests," she said.
"We’ve got to make sure to preserve Roe v. Wade, not let it be nibbled away or repealed,” she said.
That echoes her recent call to arms speech before Planned Parenthood last month, when she stated that taxpayers must fund abortion-on-demand in order to uphold the "right" of choice.
“We have to preserve marriage equality,” Clinton said, referring to last summer's Obergefell v. Hodges case, a 5-4 ruling that redefined marriage nationwide. “We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community."
Her views differentiate her from the Republican front runners. Ted Cruz has called the court's marriage ruling "fundamentally illegitimate," and Donald Trump told Fox News Sunday this week that he would "be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things." Marco Rubio has said he won't "concede" the issue to the one-vote majority.
All Republican presidential hopefuls say they are pro-life and will defund Planned Parenthood.
Her husband, Bill Clinton, raised the makeup of the Supreme Court early last month in New Hampshire, saying it receives "almost no attention" as a campaign issue.
On Wednesday, Hillary said "the next president could get as many as three appointments. It’s one of the many reasons why we can’t turn the White House over to the Republicans again.”
Clinton said her judicial appointees must also reverse the Citizens United ruling on campaign finance and oppose a recent decision striking down a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 2013's Shelby County v. Holder, justices struck down Section 4(b) of the act, which said that certain states and jurisdictions had to obtain permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws.
At one time, most politicians frowned upon any "litmus test" for judicial nominees, emphasizing the independence of the third branch of government. "I don't believe in litmus tests," Jeb Bush told Chuck Todd last November.
But with the rise of an activist judiciary in the middle of the 20th century, constitutionalists have sought to rein in the power of the bench.